Radcliffe have signed former Blackburn Rovers midfielder Willem Tomlinson, writes Kieran Wilson.

The 25-year-old joins the club following his departure from National League North outfit Chorley, with pedigree of playing at a higher level, having featured in the Championship, League One and League Two previously in his career.

He said: "Really looking forward the challenge ahead and to be enjoying my football again and getting back to where I want to be."

Described as a box-to-box midfielder, Willem began in the youth ranks at Rovers after signing for the club in 2009 at the age of 10, eventually making his senior debut in the fifth round of the FA Cup against Manchester United, coming on as a second-half substitute to fare against the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford.

Burnley-born Tomlinson achieved promotion to the Championship with the Rovers in the 2017-18 campaign, making a number of appearances in England’s second division before joining Mansfield Town.

After spending a season with the Nottinghamshire club, a three-year spell at Chorley followed, which included a recent three-month loan at Marine, scoring in 10 per cent of his matches in the National League North before arriving in Greater Manchester to sign for Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley’s side.

Tomlinson will be available for selection for tonight's trip to Morpeth Town.